GCSE Biology


Students at Launchpad will have the opportunity to study GCSE Biology. Other Sciences can be studied in collaboration with schools/students. 

This qualification is designed for learners with an interest in human biology, organisms, evolution and the environment. It also enables learners to:

  • Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of biology through different types of scientific enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
  • Develop and learn to apply observational, practical, modelling, enquiry and problem-solving skills, both in the laboratory, in the field and in other learning environments
  • Develop their ability to evaluate claims based on biology through critical analysis of the methodology, evidence and conclusions, both qualitatively and quantitatively.

What is Launchpad aiming to achieve through its Science curriculum?
• To re engage students who have not taken part in lessons for a number of months or years.
• To build trust and self-esteem within the biology curriculum
• To embed the skills needed for effective scientific investigations
• To practise the skills and knowledge needed for GCSE
• To engage with a range different topics within Biology
• To pass GCSE Biology

Rationale
All Students at Launchpad have an opportunity to study GCSE Biology. Students at Launchpad follow the AQA GCSE Biology Specification. Some students have only one year to study for their science GCSE. Due to the lack of facilities and time constraints it was decided that students would follow the Biology GCSE course (one GCSE). This has enabled our students to build a deeper understanding and confidence of the one discipline rather than three. Biology in terms of the human body has clear relevance to all students with respect to their own health and offers them opportunities for careers through the NHS which a number of our students are interested in

Units of study:
The learners will study the following topics:
1. Cell biology
2. Organisation
3. Infection and response
4. Bioenergetics
5. Homeostasis and response
6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
7. Ecology

Assessments
Pupils are assessed at the end of Year 11 with two 1 hour 45 minute terminal examinations each worth 50% of the final grade.
Each examination will consist of a mixture of knowledge and practical skills questions.
There is no coursework component to this exam.

Progression Opportunities:
Learners who achieve this qualification could progress onto other GCSE Science subjects at ‘A’ Level or BTEC National as well as related courses or jobs.

Career opportunities could include:

  • Medicine / health care, e.g. nurse, paramedic, research assistant.
  • Dentistry, e.g. dental hygienist, dental technician.
  • Pharmacy, e.g. dispenser, research technician
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